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Brabant

[bruh-bant, brah-buh nt; Dutch brah-bahnt; French bra-bahn] /brəˈbænt, ˈbrɑ bənt; Dutch ˈbrɑ bɑnt; French braˈbɑ̃/
noun
1.
a former duchy in W Europe, now divided between the Netherlands and Belgium.
2.
a province in central Belgium. 1268 sq. mi. (3285 sq. km).
Capital: Brussels.
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Brabantine
[bruh-ban-tin, -tahyn] /brəˈbæn tɪn, -taɪn/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Brabant

/brəˈbænt/
noun
1.
a former duchy of W Europe: divided when Belgium became independent (1830), the south forming the Belgian provinces of Antwerp and Brabant and the north forming the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands
2.
a former province of central Belgium; replaced in 1995 by the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant
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Brabant

region in eastern Belgium (in Middle Ages much more extensive), from Old High German brahha "newly broken land" (see break (v.)) + bant "region."

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